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Do FFR and IVUS Feed the Elephant? (11 Jul 2014)

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Richard A. Lange, MD, MBA and L. David Hillis, MD

Rick Lange and David Hillis wonder whether the debate about the role of FFR and IVUS in patient selection for PCI is a red herring in the larger issue of revascularization in patients with stable CAD.

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Wide Range of Radiation Dose in Children Undergoing Cardiac Procedures (9 Jun 2014)

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Children with heart disease are at increased risk for developing cancer later in life due to their exposure to radiation during imaging procedures. Since an ever-growing number of children with heart disease now reach adulthood, this may become an increasingly important public health issue. A new study published in Circulation offers some reassurance in finding…

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Patient-Centered Imaging: How Best to Communicate the Benefits and Risks of Testing (28 Apr 2014)

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Andrew Einstein, MD, PhD and John Ryan, MD

Andrew Einstein discusses his JACC paper on shared-decision making for cardiac imaging procedures that expose the patient to radiation.

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What’s Behind the Decline in Nuclear MPI Use? (27 Mar 2014)

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Kim Williams, MD and John Ryan, MD

John Ryan asks Kim Williams for his perspective on what’s behind a sharp decline in the use of nuclear MPI since 2006.

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rAAA Patients More Likely to Get Surgery and Survive in the U.S. Than in England (13 Mar 2014)

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Patients with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (rAAA) have better outcomes in the United States than in England according to a new study published in the Lancet. Researchers at the University of London compared hospital data from 11,799 rAAA patients in England with 23,838 rAAA patients in the U.S. They found that U.S. patients were more likely…

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Steve Jobs Rejected the First Medical App in 1977 (27 Feb 2014)

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There’s been a lot of speculation that future Apple products will include health-related apps and biometric sensors. Here’s the story of what might have been the first Apple medical app, except for the fact that in 1977 Steve Jobs had absolutely no interest in going in that direction. George Diamond is now retired after a long and very distinguished career as a cardiologist…

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Scrutinizing the ESC Position Paper on Radiation Safety in Cardiovascular Imaging (6 Feb 2014)

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Reza Fazel, MD, MSc

Reza Fazel assesses the strengths, weaknesses, and implications of the ESC document.

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Blood Pressure Trajectory Over 25 Years Predicts Atherosclerosis Risk (4 Feb 2014)

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Everyone knows that blood pressure is one of the most important measurements of cardiovascular risk. Less well known is that most studies of blood pressure have relied on single or isolated measurements of blood pressure. Few studies have even attempted to examine the significance of blood pressure patterns over a long period of time. Now,…

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Dangerous Rapid Calcification Observed In Pediatric Patients After Aortic Valve Replacement (21 Jan 2014)

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Pediatric cardiac surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital are warning the medical community about a potentially fatal problem in children and young adults who received a bioprosthetic valve manufactured by Sorin. The surgeons initially became concerned when a young, asymptomatic patient died suddenly after her valve underwent rapid calcification, only 7 months after a routine follow-up echocardiogram found…

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ESC Spotlights Growing Problem of Radiation Exposure in Cardiology (10 Jan 2014)

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Both medical professionals and patients have a general sense that radiation used in medical imaging and procedures carries some danger, but they often underestimate the risk. And certainly most are unaware of the increasingly large proportion of the problem occurring during cardiology procedures. “Cardiologists today are the true contemporary radiologists,” said Eugenio Picano, lead author…

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